Dr. Joy Gockel was awarded the 2021 International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (FAME) at the 32nd Annual Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium that was held virtually in August 2021. Dr. Gockel is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

The FAME award is given one young researcher each year to recognize the awardee’s:

  • significant research accomplishments in the field of freeform fabrication and additive manufacturing
  • potential for a successful career in the field of freeform fabrication and additive manufacturing
  • service to beyond the additive community and serving as a positive role model

Joy joined Mines in the summer of 2021 from Wright State University where she was an assistant professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Prior to her faculty position, she was a Lead Engineer at GE Aviation’s Additive Technology Center.

Additive Manufacturing processes are unique because the material is created as the same time as the component. To understand the behavior of the fabricated component, the properties must be tied back to the manufacturing processing parameters. Dr. Gockel’s research focus is on the fundamental processing-structure-properties-performance (PSPP) relationship to support qualification and certification in additive manufacturing. Her work utilizes strategic processing experiments, process modeling, in-situ monitoring, innovative mechanical testing methods and advanced characterization to connect the PSPP relationship in additive manufacturing to different classes of structural and functional materials.